My month in books – July

What’s happened in July?

What with a week’s holiday in France, a trip to Wimbledon and participating in 2 book blog tours July has been a busy month for me and the blog. My reading has picked up considerably; a massive difference to June in fact.

The blog tours were for Holly Martin’s Fairytale Beginnings and Ann Troup’s The Lost Child, you can click the book title to go to my reviews; both I would recommend for different reasons and for different readers. In fact, I wrote my review for The Lost Child from the gite I was staying at in France; not a bad place to write a blog post eh!

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La Ville Voisin

I also managed to squeeze in a visit to Booka Bookshop in Oswestry to Cathy Rentzenbrink’s talk on her memoir The Last Act of Love. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t planning on reading this book as I thought it would just be too sad, but I was asked to go to the event by my book club members so off I went. Cathy’s talk was extremely sad and at one point I felt myself filling up but it was also very hopeful and inspirational and so I bought the book too with the full intention of reading it!

Books read: 4

The Night CircusFairytale BeginningsThe Lost ChildThe Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

 

 

 

Books added to the TBR: 3

Go Set A WatchmanThe Last Act of LoveTenacity

Currently reading: The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Favourite book for July: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

What’s coming up in August?

  • Hoping to make real progress with #PaperbackSummer

How was your July reading and what are you looking forward to in August?

Book Review: The Lost Child by Ann Troup

Tour banner ANN TROUP for JennyI’m delighted to be taking part in the Neverland Blog Tours for The Lost Child; please read on for my thoughts and a very generous giveaway….

The Lost ChildWhat’s it about?

Mandy Miller disappeared from Hallow’s End when she was just 3 years old. She was never found.

Thirty years on, Elaine Ellis is carrying her mother’s ashes back to Hallow’s End to scatter them in the place that she once called home. Elaine has never been there, but it’s the only place Jean talked about while she was growing up – so it seems as good a place as any.

As Elaine settles into her holiday cottage in the peaceful Devonshire village, she gets to know the locals; family she never knew she had, eccentric and old-fashioned gentry, and new friends where she would least expect them. But she is intrigued by the tale of the missing girl that the village still carries at its heart, and which somehow continues to overshadow them all. Little does she know how much more involved in the mystery she will become…

My thoughts

I’m glad I chose to take part in this blog tour as the book was right up my street being a mystery novel with a twist.  When we meet socially awkward Elaine she’s deciding where to scatter her mother’s ashes and just happens to choose a sleepy but creepy Devon village.

From the first few chapters I’d kind of worked out where things were heading but I liked the web of deceit that the author wove and the pace that which it all unraveled, and I couldn’t have predicted the ending.

I found the novel to be atmospheric, haunting and quite dark although given its subject matter that’s to be expected. But don’t worry, it’s not so dark it’ll give you nightmares 🙂

One of my favourite quotes; although a little morbid:

“What had she ever done to deserve this? Caged inside a useless body in nature’s version of death row”

A couple of things prevented me from giving this book 5*; firstly some of the language and fancy words used. I was glad that I read it the book on my Kindle so I could instantly check what words meant, I find when I do this it distracts me from what I’m reading. Simpler, plainer words could have been used without detracting from the impact of the story. And secondly I didn’t love how Elaine would keep calling Brodie flower; my Gran (who is no longer with us) always used to call me and my brother flower and so I associate that pet name with a much older person, not a name I think a woman in her 30’s may use….but that’s just me!

However, this is a good mystery which I enjoyed and would make a great episode for Midsomer Murders; such a creepy little village with some odd characters! If you enjoyed Laura Elliot’s Stolen Child then try this, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed

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About the author Ann Troup

gEDRUnHOAnn Troup tells tales and can always make something out of nothing (which means she writes books and can create unique things from stuff other people might not glance twice at). She was once awarded 11 out of 10 for a piece of poetry at school – she now holds that teacher entirely responsible for her inclination to write.

Her writing space is known as ‘the empty nest’, having formerly been her daughter’s bedroom. She shares this space with ten tons of junk and an elderly Westie, named Rooney, who is her constant companion whether she likes it or not. He likes to contribute to the creative process by going to sleep on top of her paperwork and running away with crucial post-it notes, which have inadvertently become stuck to his fur. She is thinking of renaming him Gremlin.

She lives by the sea in Devon with her husband and said dog. Two children have been known to remember the place that they call home, but mainly when they are in need of a decent roast dinner, it’s Christmas or when only Mum will do. She also has extremely decent stepchildren.

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WWW Wednesday (July 15th)

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie SocietyThe Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Chosen from my TBR jar and book 3 for #PaperbackSummer I only started this book last night and am around 70 pages in and I have to say it’s a delightful read. So far, the story is being told through a series of letters and I love it; not just because the main character loves books, worked in a bookshop and is a writer but because it’s funny, sad and thoughtful.  

Here’s a snippet:

“I love seeing the bookshops and meeting the booksellers – booksellers really are a special breed. No one in their right mind would take up work in a bookshop for the wages, and no one in their right mind would want to own one – the margin of profit is too small. So, it has to be a love of readers and reading that makes them do it – along with first goes at the new books.”

The blurb

It’s 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can’t think what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey – by chance, he’s acquired a book that once belonged to her – and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence. When Dawsey reveals that he is a member of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, her curiosity is piqued and it’s not long before she begins to hear from other members. As letters fly back and forth with stories of life in Guernsey under the German Occupation, Juliet soon realizes that the society is every bit as extraordinary as its name.

I recently finished reading…

The Lost ChildThe Lost Child by Ann Troup

From the first few chapters I’d kind of worked out where things were heading but I liked the web of deceit that the author wove and the pace that which it all unraveled.

Would make a great episode for Midsomer Murders; such a creepy little village with some odd characters!

The blurb

Mandy Miller disappeared from Hallow’s End when she was just 3 years old. She was never found.

Thirty years on, Elaine Ellis is carrying her mother’s ashes back to Hallow’s End to scatter them in the place that she once called home. Elaine has never been there, but it’s the only place Jean talked about while she was growing up – so it seems as good a place as any.

As Elaine settles into her holiday cottage in the peaceful Devonshire village, she gets to know the locals; family she never knew she had, eccentric and old-fashioned gentry, and new friends where she would least expect them. But she is intrigued by the tale of the missing girl that the village still carries at its heart, and which somehow continues to overshadow them all. Little does she know how much more involved in the mystery she will become…

What’s up next?

The Paying GuestsThe Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

I shall be reading my next book club choice on my holiday in France next week so I can dedicate the time needed as it’s 550+ pages.

The blurb

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa — a large, silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants — life is about to be transformed as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

With the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the “clerk class,” the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. Little do the Wrays know just how profoundly their new tenants will alter the course of Frances’s life — or, as passions mount and frustration gathers, how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

What are you all reading this week?

WWW Wednesday (July 8th)

Yay I’m posting this week as I finally finished a book….

This weekly meme is hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open to all to participate. Why not join in and let us know what you’re reading this week…

WWW Wednesday

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m currently reading…

Fairytale BeginningsFairytale Beginnings by Holly Martin

I’m taking part in Holly’s blog tour for her new book later in the month so getting stuck in to the book in preparation.

The clue’s in the title here; it’s a very light and easy read with some racier scenes 😉 and would suit a Disney rom-com fan.

The blurb

Hopeless romantic Milly Rose has had her fair share of heartbreak. Obsessed with all things Disney, she refuses to give up on finding her Prince Charming – he’s out there somewhere, isn’t he?

When Milly is given a job to investigate the origins of a historical building in the village of Clover’s Rest, she’s not sure what to expect. What she discovers takes her breath away – a beautiful real life Cinderella castle, complete with turrets, a magnificent drawbridge AND a very handsome owner…Cameron Heartstone.

As Milly and Cameron begin to unearth the secrets of Clover Castle, they can’t ignore the intense chemistry building between them. But they’ve both been hurt badly before. Can they take a big leap of faith and find their own happily-ever-after?

I recently finished reading…

The Night CircusThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Well I finally finished it…I loved the cover of this book and I loved the idea of this book more than I actually liked it unfortunately, it really didn’t do anything for me other than take me 2.5 weeks to read so am a little gutted! Review to follow soon.

The blurb

Opens at Nightfall

Closes at Dawn

As the sun disappears beyond the horizon, all over the tents small lights begin to flicker, as though the entirety of the circus is covered in particularly bright fireflies. When the tents are all aglow, sparkling against the night sky, the sign appears.

Le Cirque des Rêves

The Circus of Dreams.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

 

What’s up next?

The Lost ChildThe Lost Child by Ann Troup

I’m taking part in a blog tour for The Lost Child later in the month and am looking forward to this mystery.

The blurb

Mandy Miller disappeared from Hallow’s End when she was just 3 years old. She was never found.

Thirty years on, Elaine Ellis is carrying her mother’s ashes back to Hallow’s End to scatter them in the place that she once called home. Elaine has never been there, but it’s the only place Jean talked about while she was growing up – so it seems as good a place as any.

As Elaine settles into her holiday cottage in the peaceful Devonshire village, she gets to know the locals; family she never knew she had, eccentric and old-fashioned gentry, and new friends where she would least expect them. But she is intrigued by the tale of the missing girl that the village still carries at its heart, and which somehow continues to overshadow them all. Little does she know how much more involved in the mystery she will become…

 

What are you all reading this week?